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Carl Jung: Since we do not know everything


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Psychology and Religion: West and East (The Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Volume 11)

Since we do not know everything, practically every experience, fact, or object contains something unknown.

Hence, if we speak of the totality of an experience, the word “totality” can refer only to the conscious part of it.

As we cannot assume that our experience covers the totality of the object, it is clear that its absolute totality must necessarily contain the part that has not been experienced.

The same holds true, as I have mentioned, of every experience and also of the psyche, whose absolute totality covers a greater area than consciousness.

In other words, the psyche is no exception to the general rule that the universe can be established only so far as our psychic organism permits. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 68